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'Difficult' Haye camp stalled on Klitschko talks - Warren

ESPN staff
January 13, 2011
Dereck Chisora will challenge Wladimir Klitschko for his IBF, IBO and WBO titles on April 30

Boxing promoter Frank Warren believes David Haye only has himself to blame for failing to agree a fight with Wladimir Klitschko, and has labelled Haye's manager Adam Booth "the most difficult person in boxing".

Warren's client Dereck Chisora will make his first world heavyweight title challenge against WBO, IBO and IBF champion Klitschko on April 30, seemingly putting an end to any possibility of a unification bout between Klitschko and WBA champion Haye.

Haye looked set to agree a bout with Klitschko after the Ukrainian pulled out of his December clash against Chisora, but the pair failed to agree terms, and Chisora was handed a second chance.

Haye claimed on Thursday that he would only fight Klitschko if he backed out of the Chisora bout. But Warren, who at the time claimed Klitschko could not duck out of rearranging the fight, has no sympathy for Haye.

"The contract between ourselves and Wladimir had a get-out clause in it that said he could fight someone else if he pulled out," Warren said. "It was no secret that they were talking to Haye but thankfully, true to form, Adam Booth and David Haye made it an easy decision for them.

"I read some of the things that have been said from Adam Booth and David Haye about how difficult the Klitschkos were, but I have dealt with them on two occasions and I can honestly say that Adam Booth is without a doubt the most difficult person I've ever had to deal with in boxing.

"What is Haye doing fighting Audley Harrison when he could have fought Klitschko? You have to be an idiot not to know that they (the Klitschkos) want to make the (Haye) fight."

Chisora, who has won all 14 of his fights as a professional, will be handed his chance against Klitschko in Germany, and he believes he can usurp Haye as Britain's top heavyweight.

"What goes up must come down, and [Haye] was up there, now he should come down," Chisora told Sky Sports News. "Is he going to be remembered in the boxing game that he used to be the No. 1 heavyweight and the best fighter we ever had? I don't think so. It's his time to come down, it's my time to go up."

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